Alex Bilodeau caps moguls career with final World Cup victory

From left to right, third-place Benjamin Cavet of France, winner Alex Bilodeau of Canada, and...

From left to right, third-place Benjamin Cavet of France, winner Alex Bilodeau of Canada, and second-place Mikael Kingsbury of Canada pose at the end of the Men's Moguls final of the Freestyle Skiing World Cup in La Plagne, France, on Friday, March 21, 2014. (Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP)

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Two-time defending Olympic moguls gold medallist Alex Bilodeau beat out fellow Canadian Mikael Kingsbury, a long-time rival, to win the final World Cup race of his career Friday in La Plagne, France.

The result matched the one-two finish for the Canadian stars at the Sochi Olympics last month. The silver medal, though, was enough to give Kingsbury his third consecutive Crystal Globe, which goes to the overall World Cup moguls champion.

Earlier in the day, the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association announced that Bilodeau, who surpassed Jean-Luc Brassard for the most World Cup medals won by a Canadian in his finale, would retire after Friday's race. Bilodeau finished with 48 World Cup medals.

"This is the end of an emotional week," Bilodeau said. "I was honoured to be able to finish my career against the best in the world. I thank Michael for pushing our sport so far.

"I gave everything for my sport and I look forward to face new challenges. I had only one goal since the age of seven and I succeeded."

In addition to winning the gold medal in moguls in Sochi, Bilodeau became the first Canadian to win gold at a home Olympics during the 2010 Vancouver Games. He is a three-time World Cup champion in dual moguls.

In the women's race at La Plagne, American Hannah Kearney finished first, followed by the three Canadian Dufour-Lapointe sisters -- Justine in second, Chloe in third and Maxime in fourth.


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